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17 December 2009

Katherine Lough, 91

Katherine “Kitty” Lough, 91, of Waynesboro, VA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.

She was born March 9, 1918, in Hannibal, MO, a daughter of the late David and Annie (Shifflett) Westcott.

Mrs. Lough was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday School there, sang in the choir, belonged to the Ladies Circle and helped with meals for the youth group.  For 13 years, she was ward secretary at Waynesboro Community Hospital.  She provided childcare in her home and offered her childcare services for the Welcome Wagon and the Newcomers in the 1970s and 80s and Mothers Morning Out at First Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Charles Ren Lough, preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, Jon Vernon Lough and wife, Celie of Lexington, NC, Charles Ray Lough and wife, Susan of Florence, AL, David Earl Lough and wife, Sunita of Falls Church, VA, and Kathie Lough Kincheloe of Louisa, VA; grandchildren, Michelle Lough, Lisa Teachey, Chanda Mongold, Adam Lough, Ivan Lough, Wesley Kincheloe, Rachael Freeman, Nevin Kincheloe, Debbie Biggins, Ashley King, Jimmy Hamblin and Nancy Jean Hamblin; four step-grandchildren, Scott Stokes, Mickey Stokes, Laban Stokes and Brandy Vickery; 22 great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Anne Fuller; a sister, Ruth Shifflett; a brother, James Shifflett; a son-in-law, Bob Kincheloe; and two grandsons, Ray and Jon Lough.

A memorial service was conducted Monday at the First Presbyterian Church by Dr. Glen A. Holman.  Interment was private at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin, by Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, 150 Linden Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Norma Lee Bowers, 72

Norma Lee Bowers, 72, of Charles Town passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital at Ranson.

She was born Jan. 24, 1937, at Brandywine and was the daughter of the late Ralph Gillispie and Georgia Snyder Gillispie.

She worked at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course for ten years.  She retired from Charles Town Gaming in 2002 as a mutual clerk.

She was a member of the Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren in Brandywine, the Women of the Moose at Ranson and the Seniors Bowling League at Shenandoah Lanes.

Her hobbies included crafts, painting, sewing, reading, computer card games, listening to gospel music, golf and cooking.

Her husband, Thomas Bowers, survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Donna Long and husband, Rich of Dayton, VA, Cheryl Johnson and husband, Tim of Fort Seybert, Teresa Shanholtz and companion, Paul Wallander of Bridgewater, VA, Robbin Spalding and husband, Rick of Charles Town, and Tina Marsh of Sharpsburg, MD; two sisters, Rebecca Hoten of Brandywine and Judy Hope of Washington; two brothers, David Gillispie of Brandywine and Johnnie Gillispie of Front Royal, VA; 11 grandchildren, David, Doug, Jeremy, Tara, Joseph, Crystal, Joseph, Shanna, Sheena, Trenton and Adam; three step-grandchildren, Chase, Stevie and Skye; 11 great-grandchildren, Shyne, Isaiah, Felicity, Michael, Kaylie, Zane, Deana, Aubrey, Matthew, Travis and Kali.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Buddy Gillispie; one sister, Jenny Gillispie; and one great-granddaughter, Zoe.

Services will be held on today 2 p.m. at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Charles Town/Harpers Ferry with the Rev. Alvin Russell officiating.  Interment will be in Edge Hill Cemetery at Charles Town.

Condolences to the family may be left at

Roxie M. Shirk

Roxie M. Shirk, 78, of Upper Tract died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

She was born July 26, 1931, at Smoke Hole and was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Champ and Sadie VanMeter Champ.

She had worked as a cook at Brill's Restaurant and Carl VanMeter's Restaurant and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Petersburg.

Her former husband, Charles Ed Shirk, preceded her in death in 1998.

Surviving are five sons, Olie Shirk of Moorefield, Edward "Jack" Shirk and Carl Shirk, both of Upper Tract, Dale Shirk of Franklin and David Shirk of Dorcas; one sister, Amanda Thorp of Winchester, VA; four step-sons; nine grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and a number of step-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, one daughter, two step-daughters, eight brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Elder Steve Kimble officiating.  Burial was at the Champ Cemetery at Smoke Hole.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Theodore Puffenbarger

Theodore V. “Ted” Puffenbarger, 69, of Brandywine died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.

He was born Jan. 6, 1940, at Brandywine and was the son of Lester Puffenbarger of Brandywine and the late Verna Mitchell Puffenbarger.

He was a farm mechanic for Early Equipment Company and also had worked for Harrisonburg Redi-Mix.  He was a member of the Riverside United Methodist Church.

On June 22, 1961, he married Karen Guyer Puffenbarger who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Krista Ressin and husband, Larry of Harrisonburg, VA; one son, Aaron Puffenbarger and wife, Penny of Brandywine; one brother, Billy Puffenbarger of Brandywine; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Graveside services were held Monday at the Clover Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Cindy Skinner officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin.

Martha A. Falls, 87

Martha Ann “Annie” Falls, 87, of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Avante at Harrisonburg.  She had been in declining health for the past year.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1921, in Harrisonburg, VA, and was a daughter of the late John and Bessie Jenkins Falls.

Ms. Falls lived her entire life in the Harrisonburg, VA, area and worked at area poultry plants for 49 years, retiring from Wampler Foods.  She was a member of the Salvation Army Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Debra Bogan and husband, Roger of Brandywine; a son, Lawrence Falls of Amelia, VA; two sisters, her twin, Ethel Coffman of Hinton, VA, and Glendora Skychouski of Philadelphia, PA; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army with Captain Duane Burleigh and Pastor Charles Clinedinst officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodbine Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in her memory.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lindsey Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.

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